Black Gay Ink is a creative writing development scheme (from October 2019 to March 2020) for emerging Black gay writers based in London, delivered by T. Fairclough run in association with Spread the Word and funded by ​Arts Council England.

What is it? 

A series of free workshops and masterclasses tailored specifically for Black gay men, aimed at developing your writing and knowledge of the publishing industry.

These workshops will be facilitated by T. Fairclough. Six masterclasses will be delivered by Paul Boakye, Olumide Poopola, Rikki Beadle Blair with more speakers to be confirmed, including sessions led by Spread the Word and Arts Council England.

Topics covered will include:

  • Writing & Identity
  • Writing for the Internet
  • Writing as a career
  • Funding opportunities for writers
  • Tips on getting a publisher

All workshops and masterclasses will be held at Spread the Word and will culminate in a new writing showcase event at The Albany in South London. More details on this free public event will be announced closer to the time.

Who is it for? 

Black Gay Ink aims to provide a safe space where Black gay men can meet, share, and express their stories and experiences through writing. It is open to emerging writers based in London, writing across different genres. It will be beneficial to Black gay men who are seeking to develop their creative work and knowledge about the publishing industry, and learn how to pursue writing as a future career.

Why are you supporting this project? 

T. Fairclough is running this scheme because Black gay men remain an underrepresented and overlooked group who can often face rejection from their own community and the wider gay community. This can sometimes lead to isolation and loneliness. The Black Gay Ink project will provide space for writers to improve their craft amongst their peers.

It will be free to attend and there will be a limited number of travel bursaries.

How can I apply? 

If you’d like to apply for one of the 8 places available, you must:

  • Submit a short personal statement (max 500 words).

Tell us a bit about your work: what are your ambitions for your writing? Why do you want to take part in Black Gay Ink? What do you hope to get out of it?

  • Send us a writing sample (max 1000 words).

Share your creative writing with us, which can be of any genre. Remember that these scheme is for emerging writers, so please don’t worry about producing a polished piece – we want to see potential and ambition.

  • Commit to the 10 sessions listed below and to creating a 5-10 minute reading piece for the showcase event on 29 February 2020.

Please note that Black Gay Ink is only for Black LGBTQ+ men.

Workshop / masterclass dates (all sessions will run from 2-4pm)

Saturday 26 October

Saturday 9 November

Saturday 23 November

Saturday 14 December

Saturday 11 January

Saturday 25 January

Saturday 8 Februaryr

Saturday 22 February

Saturday 14 March

Saturday 28 March

Showcase date: Saturday 29 February 2020 at The Albany. Timings to be confirmed closer to the event.

Applications will be open via Submittable on Friday 20 September and will then close for submissions at 11:59pm on 13 October.


We will respond to all applicants by Friday 18 October.

If you have any questions, please get in touch:

Good luck!

Published 20 September 2019